Dec. 30 (UPI) — President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday appointed or nominated a number of officers to the Protection Division and White Home employees, together with what would doubtlessly be the highest-ranking feminine Pentagon official in U.S. historical past.

The transition group introduced that Biden nominated Kathleen Hicks as deputy secretary of protection and Colin Kahl as undersecretary of protection for coverage.

If confirmed, Hicks could be the primary lady to function deputy secretary for the Pentagon. She would serve underneath former four-star Military Gen. Lloyd Austin III, whom Biden nominated to go the Pentagon earlier this month.

“Dr. Kath Hicks and Dr. Colin Kahl have the broad expertise and crisis-tested judgment vital to assist sort out the litany of challenges we face in the present day, and all these we might confront tomorrow,” Biden mentioned. “They are going to be trusted companions to me, the vice president-elect, and Secretary-designate [Lloyd] Austin — in addition to our devoted civilian and navy group — as we work to revive accountable American management on the world stage.”

Hicks presently serves as senior vice chairman and director of the Worldwide Safety Program on the Middle for Strategic and Worldwide Research. She has served as an adviser to Biden and leads the transition’s protection overview group.

Through the Obama administration, she was deputy undersecretary of protection for technique, plans and forces, and was a profession official within the Pentagon for greater than a decade.

Kahl is presently a co-director of the Middle for Worldwide Safety and Cooperation and a professor of political science at Stanford College. He was Biden’s nationwide safety adviser in the course of the Obama administration.

The transition group additionally introduced new White Home staffers, together with Zephranie Buetow, Kaitlyn Hobbs Demers, Christopher Garcia, Ashley Jones, Alicia Molt-West, Angela Ramirez, Dana Shubat, Lee Slater and Chris Slevin within the Workplace of Legislative Affairs; Cynthia Bernstein and Josh Hsu within the Workplace of the Vice President; Karen Andre, Jamie Citron, Corina Cortez, Matt Dannenberg, Dani Durante, Stacy Eichner, Danielle Okai, Katie Petrelius, Jacob Sztraicher, Rachel Wallace, Allison Wong and Thomas Zimmerman within the Presidential Personnel Workplace; Jessica Hertz and Michael Hochman within the Workplace of the Employees Secretary; and Stephen Goepfert and Ashley Williams in Oval Workplace Operations.

With Wednesday’s announcement, the transition group says it is now named greater than 100 White Home staffers. The group mentioned that of these appointments, 61% had been girls, 54% folks of shade, 11% LGBTQ, practically 20% first-generation People and practically 40% have youngsters at residence. Asian People and Pacific Islanders additionally account for greater than twice their nationwide inhabitants.

“To satisfy the unprecedented challenges going through the American folks, we should construct an administration that displays the perfect of our nation,” Vice President-elect Kamala Harris mentioned.

“These exceptional public servants have the information and experience to hit the bottom operating on day one. And I stay up for working with them to get this virus underneath management, safely and responsibly reopen our economic system and our colleges, and construct again our nation in a means that lifts up all People.”